Systems Thinking: Managing Chaos and Complexity: A Platform for Designing Business Architecture / Edition 2

Systems Thinking: Managing Chaos and Complexity: A Platform for Designing Business Architecture / Edition 2

by Jamshid Gharajedaghi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0750679735

ISBN-13: 9780750679732

Pub. Date: 12/09/2005

Publisher: Elsevier Science

Praise for the First Edition:
“Einstein once wrote, ‘Without changing our pattern of thought, we will not be able to solve the problems we created with our current patterns of thought.’ In his book, Systems Thinking, Jamshid develops a pattern of thought that will yield solutions to those problems.”
— Russell Ackoff,

Overview

Praise for the First Edition:
“Einstein once wrote, ‘Without changing our pattern of thought, we will not be able to solve the problems we created with our current patterns of thought.’ In his book, Systems Thinking, Jamshid develops a pattern of thought that will yield solutions to those problems.”
— Russell Ackoff, Preeminent Systems Scientist, Professor Emeritus, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Building off the classic first edition, Systems Thinking, Second Edition, has been updated and revised to include the parallel cutting-edge development in quantum theory, self-organizing systems, and complexity theory. In this version of systems methodology Gharajedaghi has used interactive design as a platform to combine the magic of iterative approach with the power of the dynamic thinking to create an all-inclusive, competent and exciting systems methodology that goes a long way in dealing with emerging challenges of seemingly complex and chaotic socio-cultural systems.

Systems Thinking, Second Edition includes updates on the impact recent events, such as terrorism, corruption, and alienation, have had on systems thinking and implementation. A companion website to accompany the book is available at www.interactdesign.com.

Sponsoring clients of the five case studies in this book had this to say about Jamshid Gharajedaghi and his methodology:

“Gharajedaghi challenged us to think backwards from an ideal competitive position instead of forwards from our existing position with all its constraints. The result was bolder thinking about change. Jamshid forces a realistic assessment of a company’s strengths and weaknesses, an idealistic view of what it could be, and creates the path from point A to point B.
— Bill Tiefel, President, Marriott Lodging

“Gharajedaghi was perfect! He had passion and brilliance. And he was a bully, and that’s what we needed. He could challenge our traditional thinking and make us see our actions and opportunities from a different perspective.”
— William G. Poist, President and CEO, Commonwealth Energy System

Jamshid Gharajedaghi is Managing Partner of Interact, The Institute for Interactive Management and former director of The Busch Center, the research arm and Adjunct Professor of Systems Sciences at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750679732
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
12/09/2005
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Systems Philosophy: The Name of the Devil
Chapter 1: How the Game Is Evolving

Part II: Systems Theories: The Nature of the Beast
Chapter 2: Systems Principle
Chapter 3: Systems Dimensions
Chapter 4: The Sociocultural Model: Information-Bonded Systems Culture

Part III: Systems Methodology: The Logic of the Madness
Chapter 5: An Operational Definition
Chapter 6: Defining the Problem
Chapter 7: Designing a Solution

Part IV: Systems Practice: The Gutsy Few
Chapter 8: The Oneida Nation
Chapter 9: Butterworth Health
Chapter 10: The Marriott Corporation
Chapter 11: Commonwealth Energy Systems
Chapter 12: Carrier Corporation
Index

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